NASCAR - Camping World Truck - Smith's 350 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, October 15th
SITE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1998) -- Las Vegas, Nevada
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 2,275 feet (Frontstretch); 1,572 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 137,000
ANNUAL: 15th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3:30 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Johnny Sauter
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 146
MILES: 219 (350 kilometers)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Mike Skinner, 2006 (178.065 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: David Starr, 2002 (135.394 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $489,489 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $44,425; 2nd Place - $27,390; 3rd Place - $18,685
2010 Finish
1Austin Dillon16Aric Almirola13
2Johnny Sauter47Brian Ickler9
3James Buescher28Justin Lofton17
4Todd Bodine59Ricky Carmichael8
5Matt Crafton310Ken Schrader6
2010 Smith's 350 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 118.378 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 51 minutes, 0 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 5.588 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 30 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (174.509 m.p.h.)
Past Smith's 350 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Austin Dillon (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 118.378 m.p.h.
2009 -- Johnny Sauter (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 127.593 m.p.h.
2008 -- Mike Skinner (3rd) -- Toyota -- 101.070 m.p.h.
2007 -- Travis Kvapil (1st) -- Ford -- 115.061 m.p.h.
2006 -- Mike Skinner (1st) -- Toyota -- 117.812 m.p.h.
2005 -- Todd Bodine (3rd) -- Toyota -- 126.238 m.p.h.
2004 -- Shane Hmiel (21st) -- Chevrolet -- 123.865 m.p.h.
2003 -- Brendan Gaughan (1st) -- Dodge -- 123.826 m.p.h.
2002 -- David Starr (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 135.394 m.p.h. (race record)
2001 -- Ted Musgrave (10th) -- Dodge -- 128.091 m.p.h.
2000 -- Not Held
1999 -- Greg Biffle (5th) -- Ford -- 127.229 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jack Sprague (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 130.801 m.p.h.
1997 -- Joe Ruttman (8th) -- Ford -- 125.849 m.p.h.
1996 -- Jack Sprague (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 120.782 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Carquest Auto Parts 420K (1996-1997), Sam's Town 250
(1998), The Orleans 350 (1999-2001), Las Vegas 350 (2002-05, 2009),
Smith's Las Vegas 350 (2006-07), Qwik Liner Las Vegas 350 (2008).
Past Smith's 350 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Austin Dillon -- 1st
2009 -- Todd Bodine -- 4th
2008 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 5th
2007 -- Travis Kvapil -- 1st
2006 -- Mike Skinner -- 1st
2005 -- Mike Skinner -- 6th
2004 -- Mike Skinner -- 6th
2003 -- Brendan Gaughan -- 1st
2002 -- David Starr -- 1st
2001 -- Jack Sprague -- 2nd
2000 -- Not Held
1999 -- Stacy Compton -- 6th
1998 -- Jack Sprague -- 1st
1997 -- Jack Sprague -- 2nd
1996 -- Bryan Reffner -- 9th
Last Race Results
RACE: Kentucky 225 (October 1st)
SITE: Kentucky Speedway -- Sparta, Kentucky
MILES: 225
LAPS: 150
WINNER: Ron Hornaday Jr.
RUNNER-UP: Austin Dillon
THIRD: James Buescher
FOURTH: Nelson Piquet Jr.
FIFTH: Brian Ickler
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (Finished 2nd)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 56 minutes, 20 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 116.046 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.438 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 36 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 18 among 11 drivers
LAP LEADERS: R. Hornaday Jr. 59-66; J. Sauter 67-71; N. Piquet, Jr. 72-86; A.
Dillon 87-89; J. Buescher 90-92; A. Dillon 93-120; R. Hornaday
Jr. 121-133; N. Piquet, Jr. 134-138; T. Bodine 139; R. Hornaday
Jr. 140-150.
Smith's 350 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Ron Hornaday Jr. (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Hollywood Casino
3 *Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Ricky Carmichael (Clearwater, FL)Chevrolet/Monster Energy
5Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Int'l Truck/Monaco RVs
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/
07Butch Miller (Coopersville, MI)Toyota/TBA
7Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Toyota/Stemco Duroline
8Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Kevin Harvick Inc.
9Max Papis (Como, Italy)Toyota/GEICO
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Chevrolet/Safe Auto/Curb Records
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Big O Tires and Service
18Brian Ickler (San Diego, CA)Toyota/Kyle Busch Motorsports
19David Mayhew (Atascadero, CA)Chevrolet/MMI Services
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/RCR Graphics Center
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Chevrolet/
27Chris Jones (Forest, VA)Chevrolet/S&W Services
29Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Penske Truck Rental
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Wolfpack Rentals
32Blake Feese (Saybrook, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
33Cale Gale (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Rheem Heating and Cooling
38Mike Garvey (Lakeville, MN)Chevrolet/S&W Services
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W Services
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
60Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Fuel Doctor/Red Bull
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/South Point Hotel and Casino
65Lance Fenton (Tyler, TX)Chevrolet/Trans Pecos Trucking
66Max Gresham (Griffin, GA)Chevrolet/Turn One Racing
73Brent Raymer (Concord, NC)Chevrolet/Trans Pecos Trucking
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Allegro Marinades
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Chevrolet/Menards
93B.J. McLeod (Wauchula, FL)Chevrolet/S&W Services
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Austin Dillon------------------------Won
Johnny Sauter---------------------Won2nd
James Buescher---------------------13th3rd
Todd Bodine------2ndWon12th28th9th4th4th
Matt Crafton25th9th22nd11th21st26th3rd2nd5th
Brian Ickler---------------------9th7th
Ron Hornaday Jr---------13th5th22nd5th6th11th
David StarrWon2nd10th3rd20th14th22nd15th12th
Nelson Piquet Jr.------------------------20th
Timothy Peters------------------26th5th26th
Parker Kligerman---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Blake Feese - Started in the 35th position and finished 12th.
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - James Beuscher
Darkhorse - Brian Ickler
Last Week's Pick to Win (Johnny Sauter) - Finished 14th
Last Week's Darkhorse (David Starr) - Finished 10th
With the season winding down, only three points separate the top two drivers, as five races remain on the Camping World schedule.

Austin Dillon, the defending champion, owns a slim advantage over James Buescher heading into Las Vegas. Dillon has taken over the points lead thanks to a win and two runner-up finishes the past three weeks. Although winless in his career, Buescher owns 17 top-10s in 19 starts this year.

Last season, Dillon put on a dominating performance to win his second career Truck Series title. Dillon, the grandson of NASCAR multi-team owner Richard Childress, started on the pole and led 93 of 146 laps to become the youngest series winner at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas track. Dillon lost the lead to Buescher after two late-race restarts, but he grabbed the top spot from Buescher for good with 35 laps remaining.

Ron Hornaday Jr continues to climb towards the top, as he captured his 50th career Camping World title last week in Kentucky. Hornaday Jr now stands just 42 points behind in fifth place.

In 2009, Johnny Sauter became a first-time winner in the Truck Series, as he raced to victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sauter, who started second on the grid, passed Matt Crafton for the lead with 17 laps to go and then held off his ThorSport Racing teammate at the finish for his first win in his 31st series start. He became the first rookie driver on the circuit to win a race since Carl Edwards won in 2003 at Nashville. Sauter joined David Starr (2002) and Shane Hmiel (2004) as the drivers who recorded their first truck wins at Las Vegas.

Mike Skinner overtook Erik Darnell with just two laps remaining and held on for his 25th career Truck Series title by 0.020 of a second in 2008. Pole sitter Ron Hornaday Jr led the opening lap and finished fifth. Darnell led for a race-high 56 laps, while Skinner held the advantage for 38 circuits.

In 2007, pole sitter Travis Kvapil reclaimed the lead with just four laps remaining and held off Johnny Benson by less than a second for his ninth career Truck Series title.

Skinner dominated this race in 2006, as he led for 114 laps, including the final 21, to edge Ted Musgrave by 0.309 of a second for his only win in 2006 and the 19th of his Truck Series career. Skinner, who started on the pole, led on four separate occasions.

The pole sitter has had excellent success in this race over the years with six wins in 14 races, including three of the last five. In fact, the pole sitter has never finished outside the top-10.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway joined the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1996 and has held 14 events. There was no race in 2000. The 1998 Sam's Town 250 decided the closest championship in series history. Jack Sprague won the race but Ron Hornaday Jr finished second to claim the title by three points. The track was reconfigured in 2006 with banking in the turns increased from 12 to 20 degrees.

The next Camping World Truck Series race is the October 22 Coca-Cola 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.

10/11 13:46:57 ET

As of October 11, 2011, at 01:47 PM ET
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